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Sub-Saharan Africa: the population emergency
Date:1/8/2008

untries out of 48 obtained a growth rate equal to or greater than 7%, the threshold considered essential for achieving the first MDOin other words the halving of poverty between now and 2015.

The prime effect of this exceptional, continuing population growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is its role as a major handicap to economic and social development of most of the regions countries. The conclusion from the research is that if the African nations want to take up the double challenge of their demographic transition and reduction of their poverty, development policies must be completely rethought. It is by the adoption and implementation of policies hinged on combined actionsinvolving education, prevention of mortality, equitable access to health care and to family planningthat changes bringing advances and improved living standards could be generated in Sub-Saharan Africa. This perspective makes it imperative to place the population question, one of the crucial issues for the future of most of the countries concerned, at the core of their development policies.


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Contact: Gregory Flechet
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Institut de Recherche Pour le Dveloppement
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